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True Tales 8 through 10

Delta T and Delta C One of the challenges of being involved in the study of occultism is to find people with similar interests. The pool of occultists interested in studying magick is even smaller. The pool of magickal students who want to practice magick is smaller still. It is true that today you can […]

The Middle Pillar: Part 3—The Basic Ritual

In my previous posts in this series, located here and here, I gave links to my extensive series of posts on the LBRP and described why The Middle Pillar is a valuable ritual and what this rite does. If you haven’t read them (and preferably, regularly practiced the LBRP), I suggest you review them, now. […]

The Middle Pillar: Part 2—What It Does

In Part 1 of this series, I described why the Middle Pillar Ritual matters. The basic concept is that it’s a “step up” from the traditional bedrock magickal skills of the LBRP. But what, specifically, does this mean? When you look at the LBRP, there are two important energetic concepts: raising/generating energy and directing it […]

The Middle Pillar: Part 1—Why It Matters

Over a year ago I started an eight-part series on the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram or LBRP. To the best of my knowledge it’s still the most complete explanation of the ritual available on the web, although I do imagine some people may have put more of a focus on different sections. You […]

Beware the Grand Poobahs!

The term “Grand Poobah” is derived from the brilliant comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado. In it, there’s a character named “Poo-Bah.” Poo-Bah has a long series of titles after his name, such as Commander-in-Chief, Lord Chief Justice, and Lord High Everything Else. According to Wikipedia, the term Grand Poobah is used today “as […]

The I.O.B. Ritual

Judging from the mail I have received, one of the most popular parts of Modern Magick is the I.O.B. ritual. The I.O.B. isn’t “new,” in that it’s based on solid tradition, only the description and format is new. Although the original purpose of this ritual is to deal with psychological blocks, it can be used to […]

Magick 101 # 6.4: The Evocation of the Archangels

This is the concluding section of lesson 6 in my series on basic magick. In this lesson I’ve so far covered the following topics: Why the LBRP Matters Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross More Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross Sounds of the Kabalistic Cross Understanding the Formulation of the Pentagrams The Names that Charge the […]

Magick 101 # 6.3.1: Understanding the Formulation of the Pentagrams

This is part of a continuing series of posts that form a Magick 101 class. I hope you’re enjoying them. Previously, I have shared a great deal on preparations. Most recently I’ve been going deeply into the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, beginning with why it still matters and then going into the first […]

Magick 101 # 6.2.3: Sounds of the Kabalistic Cross

The Challenge of Language As readers probably know, there are specialized words in the LBRP, and in the first section of the LBRP known as the Kabalistic Cross, that are in Hebrew. There are many challenges with pronouncing them “correctly”: Hebrew is at least 2,600 years old and its antecedents are much older. It has […]

Magick 101 # 6.2.2: More Secrets of the Kabalistic Cross

In my previous post, #6.2.1, I shared some background concepts of the Kabalistic Cross section of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. I would encourage you to read or re-read that post before reading this one. It gives a rather thorough understanding of what this part of the ritual means. Visualizations and Actions In […]